Getting to Know Joanne Dannon
Joanne Dannon is a multi published, award-winning Australian author who writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel. She writes for the Mommy's Little Matchmakers series. You can learn more about Joanne and her book here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to Melbourne, Australia when I met and married my husband.
One of the highlights of Sydney is the harbor, which is just stunning. Sydney Ferries has been operating since 1875 and carries 14 million passengers each year around Sydney. Catching a ferry is one of the cheapest ways to be out on the harbor and is a great way for tourists to see the city.
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance?
Working with other awesome authors. I love writing but working with other writers to create a series is super fun and a wonderful way to make new friends.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always loved reading romance since I was a teen, and in my adult years I love Mills and Boon Presents (Sexy in Australia and Modern in UK). I loved the books so much that I wanted to write them too. My favorite authors at the time were Sandra Marton, Emma Darcy and Miranda Lee. I can’t tell you how much of a thrill it was in 2014 to meet Emma and Miranda, it was one of the highlights of my writing career.
Once I decided to write, I realized that I wasn’t very good at writing alpha heroes and billionaires but I was much better at sweeter stories with characters that were more down-to-earth. I write both sweet and mild steamy books but I love focusing on couples who don’t realize their lives are incomplete until they meet and fall in love (awwwww!)
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
Before I was a full time author, I worked in corporate as a business analyst and also as a Project Manager. I would probably be doing that because that’s what I’m good at – organizing, juggling conflicting deadlines and finding ways to address issues.
But I’m happiest being an author, I love what I do.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
Sorry, I don’t. Most writers either have a dog or cat (or both). I’m one of the few who don’t.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
Yes, and I moved away from my family and friends to live here in Melbourne to be with him.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
This is like asking me to name my favorite child 😉 I can’t. I’ve read and been inspired by Daphne Du Maurier, Agatha Christie and Jane Austen. I’ve read countless wonderful romances as well as thrillers by authors such as James Patterson and Daniel Silva.
As a writer, the book that “changed my life” was Debra Dixon’s Goal Motivation and Conflict (GMC). I heard her speak at Romance Writers of Australia conference and that workshop and her book, changed my writing career. I always recommend it to all authors (romance or other genres). The basis for all good books is GMC. In romance it’s about why the hero and heroine can be together and what’s keeping them apart.
The Wedding Night Affair by Miranda Lee was a turning point for me; after reading it many times I decided that I wanted to write romances. It was sexy, with enough twists and turns to make me stay up late reading to see how it ended. The characters are complex, flawed and walked off the page. For me, that’s what I wanted to write, books that had memorable characters, an interesting plot and plenty of romance.